For thousands of years, Aloe Vera has been used in a wide range of medicinal treatments. Now you can use it directly from the plant or from other derivatives like gel, creams, or beverage.
General skin treatments derived from aloe vera can be applied topically while treatment for other issues can be taken in capsule form. It is uncommon to use the plant as food, so the benefits are taken in the form of a supplement as previously mentioned.
Here are some useful applications of Aloe Vera you can take advantage of:
1. Relieves GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the digestive orders we commonly experience and this, particular disease, causes heartburn. Consuming Aloe Vera helps in minimizing the severity of the heartburn. This is because of its low toxicity level that remedies and soothes the effects of GERD. A 2010 research proposes 1 to 3 ounces in gel form taken every meal will give the desired effects in reducing the painful effects of GERD.
2. Skin Care
Many skincare products like cleansers and toners have Aloe Vera in them because it can help in clearing up acne. Some of the ingredients may irritate the skin so having Aloe Vera will help in reducing those uncomfortable side-effects. It can also help in eliminating the lesions formed by the acne that may remain visible even when it’s gone.
3. Treats Cuts and Burns
It is common to use Aloe Vera to treat mild cuts, burns, and scratches. The advantage is that it prevents the formation of scar tissue after the wound is healed. The main ingredient for this is the acemannan, which is a complex derived from the Aloe Vera plant. It is a wound-healing agent that is primarily used to care for these traumas.
It can also relieve anal fissures. The complex helps in healing the wound as well as reducing pain and hemorrhaging.
4. Lowers Blood Sugar
By taking 2 tablespoons of an Aloe Vera beverage has shown to have reduced the sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes. Although there is still further research to be made to solidify the claim, pharmacists are seeing promising results in Aloe Vera for treating people with this disease.
But take caution when drinking juice made from the succulent with diabetes medicine. It could lead to a drop in glucose to dangerously low levels.
5. Remedy to Constipation
Aloe Vera can help with digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and soothe the pain and discomfort it causes. Also, it can be used for people with constipation. Although it is not yet approved, aloe vera can be an effective laxative. Lastly, when you take Aloe Vera, it may help eliminate the bacteria and prevent its growth in your digestive tract which can cause ulcers.
The dosage varies for every treatment as some may have lesser contents of aloe vera. Generally, it is safe to use aloe vera just as long as you pay attention to how your body reacts to the compounds in the plant. If you’re planning to use it for medicinal purposes, make sure to consult your doctor first especially if you have medications to be taken alongside it.